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What happens to the not renewed/expired domains?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by barsha, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. barsha

    barsha Registered Member

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    I had a few domains which I let expire.

    It does not seem that anybody is used them.
    They seem to be just parked there.
    The worst part is that if I check whois info on them it is still shows my info,
    since I also let WhoIsGuard to expire as well.
    If I try to reregister them again it does not allow it, since they are marked as taken. So now on whois about them is my info, but I do not own them and cannot to register them again neither.

    Where can I read more on what is actually happens here?

    Thanks for any input or suggestion.
     
  2. ContentFarmer

    ContentFarmer Junior Member

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    When you don't renew a domain, it goes into a holding period where you can pay your registrar a shitload of money to get your domain name back. I believe it takes a couple of months before they finally give up and take the gun away from your head. You can then re-register if no one else has taken the domain. I use GoDaddy for all of my registrations. Here's their policy: http://help.godaddy.com/article/608 and http://help.godaddy.com/topic/613/article/795 (that's NOT an affiliate link, btw, but I can give you one if you're so-inclined).
     
  3. barsha

    barsha Registered Member

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    I see it now.

    I did have one expired on GoDaddy.
    The others one are at NameCheap.

    I don't mind that they hold it and try to profit from it.

    But why they still keep my info alive, although I had it protected by WhoIsGuard beats me?

    Another lesson is learned.
     
  4. sikandar

    sikandar Senior Member

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    The domains go into a holding period to give you a chance to renew the domains by communicating with your registrar. It is a good feature in case you do not have auto renewal for your domains and you forgot to renew it before it expires. After the holding period the domains will be made available to the public and your info from whois will be erased. If you bother about your personal info being made public, you should have gone for private registration - it costs only about $7 a year.
     
  5. barsha

    barsha Registered Member

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    Actually I just discovered on the NameCheap there is a feature to Reactivate domain. I just reactivated a domain that expired three weeks ago.